Arsenal target Jackson Martinez hoping for Porto exit

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Jackson Martinez has admitted he wishes to leave Porto to sample life at other big clubs. 

The Colombian hitman has been in fine form for the Portuguese side after replacing Radamel Falcao in 2012. Since his arrival at Porto he has grabbed 39 goals in 46 appearances alerting the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Gunners looked in to signing to striker in the January transfer window as they look to compensate for the injury sustained by Theo Walcott. However, Wenger was left looking for other options after the striker admitted he was close to signing a new deal with Porto.

The confirmation of that deal is yet to emerge and further doubts have been placed over Martinez's future after he was quoted talking about life away from Porto.

Interviewed by the Colombian publication El Tiempo, when asked if he would like to play in a major European league, Martinez said: " Maybe I'll get that chance.

"It would be great to one day play for another club like Porto. I love the English league, Spanish, Italian and German. I have no preference between them."

News of his desire to leave will be a boost for both the Gunners and Chelsea, who both need to boost their attacking options in the summer.

Martinez's contract is reported to have a £34million release clause, which both Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have been reluctant to match.

With Falcao set to miss the World Cup, the stage is set for Martinez to emerge from his compatriot's shadow. A few good performances in Brazil will make that £34m price tag look much more appealing.


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